Barbara Sayer

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Barbara Sayer, age 94, of Marshall, formerly of Canandaigua, N.Y., died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall, with Fr. Mark S. Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church. Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Canandaigua. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church or The Arbors at Westport Estates in Marshall in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at

Born Sept. 4, 1924, in Woppenhoff, Germany, Barbara was the daughter of the late Alois Graf and Anna Kick Graf. The family immigrated to the United States in 1926, one of many immigrant families passing through Ellis Island. She grew up in Rochester, N.Y., where she later worked for the Rochester Telephone Corporation. She would share stories about the operation of the telephone center before automation, during World War II, and the elocution training the company gave its operators to make sure their speech matched the image the company wanted to project. On Nov. 20, 1960, she married Peter Sayer, who preceded her in death on June 28, 1998. After that time, she would winter in Marshall with her son each year, driving the thousand miles each way by herself with her little dog in the back seat. She moved to Marshall permanently in July 2014. She was involved in many of the German-American societies and organizations in Rochester during her lifetime, often serving in officer positions.

Barbara is survived by her son, Ronald Sayer of Marshall; her two sisters, Dorothy Vogl (Joseph) and Theresa Schessl of Rochester; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Barbara was preceded in death by a sister in infancy.